Opinion Readers React
Readers React

Freelancers: Free to work as they wish? Really?

To the editor: Sara Horowitz’s opinion piece about freelancers seemed too good to be true. That’s because it is.

First, not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. It takes a special breed of individual. Simply being out of a job is not a qualification.  (Re “America’s new way of work,” Opinion, Aug. 26)

The millennials whom Horowitz so reverently chronicles as “freelancers” are likely still living with their parents, have little or no responsibilities and have had great trouble finding real work.

Horowitz states that millennials tend to value experiences more than things. I suspect that’s mainly because they have no other choice.

As for the Bureau of Labor Statistics' failure to track freelancers, it actually does have a category -- it’s called “unemployed.”

 In a perfect world, we could all be freelancers and never have to worry about where our next meal is coming from. As most of us who are grounded in reality already know, this is not a perfect world.

Charles Reilly, Manhattan Beach

Follow the Opinion section on Twitter @latimesopinion

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work
    America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work

    For much of the past century, the Era of Big Work — the 40-hour workweek and its employer-provided benefits — were the foundation of our economy. That was then. Now, independent work is the new normal.

  • GOP's moderate women prevent an abortion disaster
    GOP's moderate women prevent an abortion disaster

    To the editor: What sweet irony. The GOP, in an attempt to alter the perception that it's waging a war on women, has symbolically included more women in its ranks. Who knew that these new House members would traitorously revolt and demonstrate respect for women by blocking an abortion bill that...

  • China's birthrate during the year of the sheep

    To the editor: Why is it a bad sign that China may be about to experience a decline in birth rate due to a superstition about babies being born in the year of the sheep? ("For China's birthrate, this may be a bad sign," Jan. 19)

  • Cuba has plenty of reasons to mistrust the U.S.

    To the editor: To say that U.S.-Cuba relations went south after the "confiscation of private property" egregiously overlooks the important fact that we sought to overthrow Fidel Castro's regime through a CIA-sponsored military operation in 1961. Remember the Bay of Pigs? ("U.S.-Cuba talks focus...

  • Electoral College widens America's partisan divide

    To the editor: Amen to George Skelton's criticisms of the Electoral College. I'll add another: The winner-takes-all aspect of the current system is why there aren't more purple states. ("Winner-take-all electoral system is a loser for democracy," Jan. 21)

  • Boko Haram's excuse: God made me do it

    To the editor: It seems this God fellow is responsible for a lot of killing around the world. ("Leader of Boko Haram says God told him to carry out massacre," Jan. 21)

  • College divestment campaigns may alienate alumni

    To the editor: One potential impact that I think this article overlooked is the loss of financial support from alumni like myself and scores of other donors. ("More colleges under pressure to divest, though effect is debatable," Jan. 21)

  • Did 'Selma' go too far in its portrayal of LBJ?
    Did 'Selma' go too far in its portrayal of LBJ?

    To the editor: Art represents transcendent truth and should not be held responsible for specific facts, a point that Rep. John Lewis makes in his piece on the movie "Selma." On the surface this is understood. The transcending truth of "Selma" is the heroic struggle of Martin Luther King Jr....